WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — This Astros tour of the Grapefruit League should really feel in contrast to every other, and Dusty Baker retains his fingers crossed that someplace they’ll discover a Florida Turnpike exit returning them to normalcy.
“(H)opefully one time via, possibly it’ll be over,” Houston’s new supervisor stated Saturday of the regular boos which have greeted his staff within the wake of its historic sign-stealing scandal. “How lengthy can (individuals) speak about the identical issues?
“You sort of see a imply spirit somewhat bit. I’m hoping that all of us change that spirit.”
At FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, earlier than the Astros took on the Mets, the 70-year-old Baker spoke calmly in regards to the hate his gamers have acquired from opposing followers.
“I simply inform them, ‘Hey man, that is nothing. …Life’s powerful,’” stated Baker, who changed the fired (and suspended) A.J. Hinch. “You simply take care of it.”
As for how these Astros are coping with it, “They’re dealing with it fairly good externally. I don’t know what it’s like internally,” Baker stated. “Nobody likes it. I’ve been booed big-time. I used to be booed in LA day by day my first yr there (1976, whereas taking part in with the Dodgers). I used to be booed in Chicago the final couple of months there (2006, whereas managing the Cubs). That was powerful. But hey, I survived it. I’m nonetheless right here.
“And in Chicago, once I return there, I speak to individuals, now they’re all like, ‘We love you!’ I’m like, ‘Not all of you.’”
He has not but knowledgeable his gamers of these experiences, Baker stated, including, “I’m positive sooner or later in time, I’ll share it with them.”